NBA Basketball Betting: Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks

NBA Basketball Betting:  Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks

Central Division battle on Saturday night as the Detroit Pistons take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks and Pistons are the #3 and #4 teams in the division though Detroit is 3.5 games back. Milwaukee is already well in the playoff mix in the weak Eastern Conference and Detroit just one game out of the postseason picture. Both teams were idle last night. The Pistons have been on a nice run lately winning 7 of their last 10 games while the Bucks have been treading water going 5-5 in their last 10.

It’s very easy to get more excited about the Pistons’ winning run than is appropriate. Credit where it’s due–they went out and won those games. They’ve also won 12 of 15 but with the exception of a pair of wins in Texas against Dallas and San Antonio they’ve faced mostly the dregs of the Eastern Conference. They’ve posted a record of 6-13 against the Western Conference with their two most recent non-conference wins against Sacramento and New Orleans as well as the Dallas/San Antonio victories. In other words, they’re still not much stepping up in class underscored by the fact that until this most recent run they were 2-13 against the Western Conference.

Milwaukee may not be a great team but they have a very admirable trait that you don’t see often enough in the NBA. They may struggle against teams with superior talent but take care of business when facing weak opponents. The Bucks are 10-5 SU/ATS as a favorite and 15-6 SU/16-5 ATS against opponents with losing records. A team can’t be blamed for inferior talent but so often you’ll see weaker teams put up a half assed effort against ‘beatable’ opponents. You can blame a team for lack of effort and big ups to Milwaukee for not ‘phoning it in’ against the lower tier teams in the league.

The only reason that Detroit is favored here is the public’s overreaction to their recent form–which upon further review becomes much less impressive. The Bucks are a very ‘un-sexy’ team but their 76% ATS mark against sub .500 opponents is very attractive indeed. We’ll take Milwaukee to add to that mark against the Pistons on Saturday night.